Older versions of the site are available at the British Library web archive see their site
I was hoping to upload an update during the lockdown, however, when I reviewed the new and updated information there were queries caused that need further work. This as you will appreciate is difficult with the research centres closed or having limited access. If you have a specific need to check information please email and I can answer from my latest files.
This research was inspired by an earlier printed work in 1913 produced by Alexander Howell. He was a conveyancing solicitor and much of his research came from title deeds and the information contained within them. My research continues in this manner but using all sources available from original material such as he used to modern printed resources. I have attempted to maintain the accuracy of the information but may well have introduced errors in transposing the information. Should you wish to use the information then the original sources can be checked, in case of any transcription errors, except where the information is not referenced in which case I am the source.
Copyright remains with original sources, any use of this information should at least be credited to myself as collator of the information.
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Buildings, terraces and features within streets
Public Houses & Breweries
Churches & Other Places of Worship
Societies & Organisations
Portsmouth Encyclopaedia - Portsmouth City Council
History in Portsmouth & Memorials in Portsmouth - by the late Tim Backhouse archived at British Library, search for Portsmouth
1 1855, 1867 and 1905 trade directories - 2006.
2 House names from City Engineers plans - 2006
3 1828, 1911 and 1915 trade directory - 2007
4 1918, 1923 trade directories - 2009
5 1928, 1934, 1937, 1938 and 1940 trade directories - 2010
6 1892, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902, 1905, 1917 trade directories and major update of some sections - 2013
7 Site moved to new host. Some topics split, major update on builders with planning applications 1895 to 1924 - 2016
8 Council minutes 1895 to 1951 and census 1841 to 1911 - 2018
9 Council minutes 1952 to 1964, Sweeps - 2019
10 Lady Morley's Wall added
1 Dates of start and end of items is not necessarily precise as directories take time to add new and remove old entries
2 Some of the new sections are still under development as I decide how to best present the information
3 Do not panic if your street/house does not have recent date added, that only means I have not visited the street in recent years that is next stage to revisit.
4 The numbers at the right of each line in the sections above refer to source material listed in references.
5 In the pubs sections the last lines of each generally shows the tie and the licensee.